Dr. Joshua Mears


"Staying Mentally Healthy as Leaders

Many have said that leadership is easy when things are going smoothly. However, we know that is often not the case, especially because we are sinful people living in an imperfect world. In fact, we know that Satan will seek out any opportunity to undermine or attack Christian organizations and their leaders. Unfortunately, we often reserve discussion of mental health for times of illness, rather than focusing on strategies to maintain good mental health. This breakout session will discuss strategies to proactively maintain mental health, explore indicators of mental health concerns, and offer resources for assistance when concerns are identified.


"Understanding and Serving People Struggling with Substance Abuse - Church-based Models

Research on substance abuse suggests that 23 million people are in need of chemical health treatment services every year (SAMHSA).  Religious well-being has been found to be an important outcome measure and this panel presentation will review three church-based models for incorporating God’s Word into the recovery process.  

Participants will hear from Jason Jonker who will give an overview of RESILIENT, Crosswalk Church’s peer-led recovery group. RESILIENT utilizes a Law and Gospel approach to recovery that is based in God’s Word. The use of technology and new media in recovery programs will also be addressed.  

Joshua Mears from Christian Family Solutions will outline a dual diagnosis program that integrates mental health and chemical health services.  He will also focus on a model of Christian Psychology integration that seeks to make treatment captive to the truth in scripture. 


Dr. Joshua Mears, Clinical Director and Clinical Psychologist joined Christian Family Solutions- WLCFS in 2011. He received his Doctor of Clinical Psychology from Argosy University-Twin Cities, a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Bethel University and his undergraduate degree in Psychology from Bethany Lutheran College. Prior to joining WLCFS, Dr. Mears completed his doctoral internship at the Minnesota Correctional Facility-Stillwater, specializing in crisis intervention and aggression reduction interventions. Dr. Mears also has five years of experience working as an in-home therapist with adolescents and their families.


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